Reading Connection – Read Between Lines
Learning to infer, or “read between the lines,” is one key to good reading comprehension. Consider these tips for helping your youngster make inferences when he reads.
Describe the setting. Pick a book, and read a few sentences to your child (without him looking). Leave out words that name the setting. Example: “Sand stretched in all directions…cacti dotted the landscape.” Can he infer where the story is set? If he isn’t sure, give him a hint. (Where do you see lots of sand and cacti?”)
Look for lessons. Fables are great for reading between the lines. Read one by Aesop, and help your youngster figure out the lesson. For instance, “The Tortoise and the Hare” teaches that even if you’re slow, you can win if you just keep going. Have him point out parts that he used to make his inference. (“The tortoise never stopped, and he took one good step after another.”)
Use Prompts. Questions that start with “Why do you thing…?” or “How do you know…?” can encourage your child to infer. You might ask why he thinks a character behave the way he did or how he knows it’s going to snow. Together, look for clues in the book that may help him answer the questions.
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